Mini-terms are short, intense immersions in another culture accompanied by further study at Union. Mini-terms normally have a series of seminars that are held the term before the foreign travel. These encompass cultural expectations, technical and social issues associated with the theme of the mini-term and pre-travel logistics. The time spent abroad is typically three weeks, and occurs during summer or intersession to avoid conflicts with regular classes. Mini-terms involve extensive touring around the host country to complement the theme of the mini-term.
Mini-terms carry one course credit, and can be used towards fulfilling a Linguistic and Cultural Competency credit in the General Education Requirements. Engineers can go on any mini-term abroad and the offerings change annually. Interdisciplinary mini-terms that combine engineering and the liberal arts have been conducted in Australia, Brazil, Scotland, France, Spain, Uruguay and are a very popular option for engineering students. Details of all mini-terms can be obtained through the International Program Office.